Lorie Novak, Untitled [Interior with color projections of trees], 1980
Lorie Novak was born in Los Angeles and received a B.A. in art and psychology from Stanford University in 1975. After completing an MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1979, she began exhibiting photographs that depicted rooms filled with colored light and slide-projected images of shadows, light patterns, and landscapes. The character of the installations she photographed changed over time as she projected slides of family photographs onto empty, white studio spaces, and in 1987, onto landscapes at night.
Although her source material and method of presentation have changed, Novak’s work has continually explored personal and cultural memory. Her installations and photographs encourage viewers to investigate their own history and family relationships by transforming rooms, landscapes, and cyberspace into spaces of the mind. By acknowledging memory’s foundation in imagery and casting its presence onto areas in the contemporary world, Novak’s art demonstrates the importance of recognizing our own individual and cultural history.
[Lisa Hostetler, Reflections in a Glass Eye: Works from the International Center of Photography Collection, 1999, p. 224]